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Accused Kiski Township burglary duo headed to trial

Matthew Medsger
| Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 4:24 p.m.
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A man and woman accused of burglaries in Kiski Township will have their day in court after police say they broke into two homes late last year and stole cash, a coin collection and a gun.

McKinley John Flickinger, 30, of the 500 block of Kiski Avenue, Kiski Township, faces multiple felony counts of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy and related charges.

On Wednesday, Flickinger waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge James Andring.

Police say Flickinger and an accomplice, Harley Nicole Shaulis, 26, of Greensburg, broke into a Kiski Avenue home on Oct. 25 and stole about $90 and a handgun.

Shaulis faces similar charges.

According to court documents, when the homeowner entered their house they “noticed something was different.”

When police arrived, the homeowner showed them a large rock that had been used as a stool to enter the home through a kitchen window. That window showed signs of prying, police said.

A week later, on Nov. 1, another house on Kiski Avenue was broken into.

The thief in that case made off with an inherited coin collection and a number of $2 bills.

The next day, say police, the victim of the second crime reported that Flickinger was seen using $2 bills to buy cigarettes at a local market.

According to court documents, Shaulis originally told police she was staying at Flickinger's father's house on the day of the first burglary and that she only found out about the crime afterward.

“(Flickinger) came in and woke her up. He stated that they had to leave now; they had to get out of town,” Shaulis allegedly told police Nov. 10.

Flickinger, for his part, told police that it was Shaulis who entered the homes and that he was merely serving as a lookout.

Shaulis is being held in the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond and Flickinger is being held there on two $10,000 bonds.

Shaulis, who was arraigned on the charges in December, has a trial set for May 7. Flickinger will have a formal arraignment on a date yet to be determined.

Matthew Medsger is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4675, mmedsger@tribweb.com or via Twitter @matthew_medsger.

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